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VIGÉE LE BRUN AT THE MET: MUST I?

April 13, 2016

Tags: Elisabeth Louise Vigée Lebrun

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris). Marie Antoinette with a Rose, 1783. Oil on canvas, 46 x 35 in. (116.8 x 88.9 cm), Lynda and Stuart Resnick.
In its seemingly unrelenting search to come up with the “relevant,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art is giving us “Vigée Lebrun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France” (through May 15). This is the first retrospective in modern times of Elisabeth Louise Vigée Lebrun (1755-1842), billed as “France’s last great royal portraitist,” and not so coincidentally, a woman (more…)